CEO and co-founder
Ning Yen a passionate ocean conservation activist who has dedicated over a decade of her life to safeguarding the world’s oceans. Her expertise lies in science communication, policy advocacy, and forging meaningful connections among diverse stakeholders. In 2017, she played a pivotal role in driving the adoption of the “Marine Debris Governance Platform” among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and worked closely with the Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan to co-author Taiwan’s Action Plan for Marine Debris Governance.
Currently, she leads several citizen science initiatives, crafting capacity-building programs for local NGOs and fostering regional collaboration with organizations in Korea, Japan, and the United States. Beyond her professional endeavors, she loves exploring new places through travel and cooking for her family and friends.
Research Director and co-founder
Dr. Sunwook (Sunny) Hong
Dr. Sunwook (Sunny) Hong is a research scientist and President of Our Sea of East Asia Network (OSEAN) which is a non-profit organization in South Korea, dedicated to research, education, policy development, and international cooperation to protect the marine environment from marine debris. OSEAN is a network hub for the cooperation of scientists, governments, citizens, and private sectors in the Asia Pacific region. She has served as a secretariat of the Asia Pacific Civil Forum on Marine Litter since 2009.
Dr. Bruno A. Walther
Dr. Falk Schneider
Expertise on project management, events planning, and environmental education.